2011 Class Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Awards
Memphis, TN, April 01, 2012 -- The Hartwell Foundation today officially announced the winners of 2011 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Awards, which offer support for three years at $100,000 direct cost per year. Twelve individuals, representing nine institutions, were selected as Hartwell Investigators; three institutions each received two awards:
- Anjelica L. Gonzalez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering , Yale University, for "Artificial Amniotic Membrane Scaffolds for Scarless Wound Healing."
- Christopher Deppmann, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Departments of Biology and Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia, for "Childhood Metabolic Disorders: Targeting the Peripheral Nervous System to Reverse Obesity."
- Elizabeth A. Hunt, MD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics, The Johns Hopkins University, for "Advancing and Optimizing Quality of Resuscitation in Children with Cardiac Arrest."
- Frederic L. Chedin, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California, Davis, for "Genetic and Epigenetic Abnormalities in Childhood Auto-immune Disease: Role of DNA Methylation and Excessive R-loop Formation."
- G. Praveen Raju, MD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, for "Identifying Treatment Resistance Mechanisms for Brain Tumors in Children Using a Novel Approach for Preclinical Drug Testing."
- Jennell C. Vick, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering and Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University, for "Treatment for Severe Speech Disorders in Children: Identifying Target Consonant Movements for Use with Animated 3D Visual Feedback Software."
- Jing Yang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego, for "Targeting Neural Crest Migration Program to Treat Ewing's Sarcoma Metastasis."
- Jonathan E. Sears, MD, Associate Professor, Departments of Ophthalmology and Cell Biology, Case Western Reserve University, for "Preventing Retinopathy of Prematurity."
- Mary Louise Markert, MD, Ph.D., Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Immunology, Duke University, for "Use of Thymus Transplantation to Induce Tolerance to liver Transplants."
- Neal M. Alto, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, for "Discovery of Cancer Inhibition Pathways by Novel Bacterial Toxins and Effector Proteins."
- Noriko Satake, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, Davis, for "Targeted Therapy for Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: Silencing the Mxd3 Gene Using Small Interfering RNA."
- Silvia Salinas Blemker, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Orthopedic Surgery, University of Virginia, for "Improving the Outcomes of Cleft Palate Repair Surgery Through Advanced Physics-Based Computer Simulation."
The Hartwell Foundation is pleased to provide financial support to these exceptional scientists and engineers who are pursuing biomedical research to advance childrenís health. The twelve award winning research proposals in 2011 represent innovative and cutting edge technology from research areas that include neurobiology, molecular biology, tissue engineering, diagnostic and medical devices, and cancer.
Each year The Hartwell Foundation announces itís Top Ten Centers of Biomedical Research in the United States, inviting participating institutions to hold an internal open competition to identify four nominees from their faculty based upon early-stage, innovative, and cutting-edge biomedical research that has not yet qualified for significant funding from outside sources. The Hartwell Foundation seeks to inspire innovation and achievement by funding research with the potential to benefit children of the United States. In the Hartwell competition all nominees submit a detailed research proposal, make a formal presentation and are personally interviewed.
In selecting awardees, The Hartwell Foundation takes into account the transformative nature of the proposed innovation, the extent to which a strategic or translational approach might accelerate the clinical application of research results to benefit children, the extent of collaboration in the proposed research, the institutional commitment to provide encouragement and technical support to the investigator, and the extent to which funding the investigator will make a difference.
2011 Hartwell Investigator Chris Deppmann, Ph.D., University of Virginia
2011 Hartwell Investigator Praveen Raju, MD, Ph.D., Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
2011 Hartwell Investigator Neal Alto, Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
2011 Hartwell Investigator Frederic Chedin, Ph.D., University California, Davis
2011 Hartwell Investigator Louise Markert, MD, Ph.D., Duke University
2011 Hartwell Investigator Noriko Satake, MD, University California, Davis
2011 Hartwell Investigator Anjelica Gonzales, Ph.D., Yale University
2011 Hartwell Investigator Jennell Vick, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
2011 Hartwell Investigator Jonathan Sears, MD, Case Western Reserve University
2011 Hartwell Investigator Jing Yang, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
2011 Hartwell Investigator Silvia Salinas Blemker, Ph.D., University of Virginia
2011 Hartwell Investigator Elizabeth A. Hunt, MD, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University